Science in Action

Science in Action

New developments in science and science news from around the world, weekly from BBC World Service.

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  • 24 Jul 14: GM Crops;Brain Experiment;Fruit Flies;Little Lies

    Thu, 24 Jul 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    Apathy amongst African politicians about GM technology is costing the economy; Smartphone app is used to conduct experiments on memory, impulsivity, risk-taking & happiness; the neuron used by female flies to allow a male to mate with her is uncovered; White lies are essential to maintain strong social bonds.

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  • 17 Jul 14: ISEE-3 Reboot Project; Ebola Virus; Caterpillar Crunch; Palm Oil & Apes

    Thu, 17 Jul 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    Crowdfunded Space hackers revive an old NASA comet-chasing satellite; How anthropologists could help slow down the world’s worst Ebola outbreak in West Africa; How plants respond when caterpillars eat them; Growth of palm oil plantations could mean trouble for the population of great apes

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  • 10 Jul 14: Cosmic Dust; Human Brain Project; Sociable Birds; Virtual Water

    Thu, 10 Jul 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    New study about dust formed during the explosion of a star may give insights into the formation of planets; Senior neuroscientists sign an open letter against the Human Brain Project; Sociable birds build and share big thatches of nests, up to several metres in length and over a tonne in weight; Virtual Water is used to track the movement of water with many parts of the world becoming water-scarce

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  • 03 Jul 14: Oklahoma Quakes; Stem Cell Retraction; Orbiting Carbon Observatory; African Manuscripts; Discovering New Species

    Thu, 3 Jul 14

    Duration:
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    Increase in earthquakes due to waste water from oil extraction pumped back into the ground; Retraction of paper claiming stem cells can be made by adding acid to adult cells; NASA's new carbon dioxide seeking satellite makes it off the launch pad; The race to save thousands of ancient manuscripts rescued from Timbuktu; Is it really big news to discover a new species, Dr Tim Cockerill finds out

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